rail·​ing | \ ˈrā-liŋ How to pronounce railing (audio) \

Definition of railing

1 : a barrier consisting of a rail and supports
2 : rails also : material for making rails

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Examples of railing in a Sentence

He leaned on the deck's railing and watched the sun set. they had to put a childproof railing on the balcony when the baby started walking
Recent Examples on the Web Local media reported that the students were in the middle of a tense meeting – which had prompted some physical altercations – at the university before the railing broke. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Horrific video shows Bolivian university students falling to their death after metal rail collapses," 4 Mar. 2021 These words are written on a taxi sticker attached to the railing of a bridge that is often the location for suicide attempts. Joan Macdonald, Forbes, "Deluxe Taxi Company Delivers Revenge In The K-Drama ‘Taxi Driver’," 11 Apr. 2021 Suddenly, the ball flies over the railing and onto the roof of an adjacent building. The New Yorker, "A Toddler’s Lockdown Perspective, in “Antara: Songs of Afternoon”," 31 Mar. 2021 Capitol riot showed a man in tactical gear and a Black Rifle Coffee hat leaping over a railing with a handful of plastic handcuffs. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "Black Rifle Coffee Seeks Like-Minded Aficionados," 12 Mar. 2021 A few days after the riot, flags appeared on the railing outside Jeff’s Car Care, the business across the parking lot from Ms. Craighead’s salon. New York Times, "The Officers Danced at a Black Lives Matter Rally. Then They Stormed the Capitol.," 8 Mar. 2021 Murphy put a picture up on the railing of his hospital bed of the late Sen. John McCain, from his days as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘We said our goodbyes’ — Here’s how University of Utah Hospital’s first COVID-19 patient is doing," 5 Mar. 2021 Several North Carolina fans leaned over the railing to shake his hand. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Thirty five years later, Len Bias’ masterpiece in the Dean Dome remains his valedictory statement," 19 Feb. 2021 Mark peeks over the railing, his fingers at both sides of his face. Sofie Birkin, Marie Claire, "Playing Kerri Strug," 9 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of railing

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of railing was in the 15th century

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26 Apr 2021

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“Railing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/railing. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of railing

: a barrier that is made of rails supported by posts


rail·​ing | \ ˈrā-liŋ How to pronounce railing (audio) \

Kids Definition of railing

1 : a barrier (as a fence) made up of vertical bars and their supports
2 : material for making rails

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